Giants Host Bakersfield In Three-Game Weekend Series

Bakersfield Blaze (15-6) at San Jose Giants (9-12)
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At Municipal Stadium

• Friday, April 25, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, April 26, 5:00 PM
• Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Friday
Bakersfield – Drew Cisco (1-1, 6.10)
San Jose – Pat Young (2-0, 3.00)

Saturday

Bakersfield – Mike Dennhardt (0-1, 4.50)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (0-1, 2.93)

Sunday
Bakersfield – Ben Lively (4-0, 0.39)
San Jose – Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.95)

Broadcast Information

The games on Friday and Sunday will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo and Rocky Koplik handling the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Pat Young (2-0, 3.00) is slated to make the start for the Giants in Friday's series opener against the Blaze

Pat Young (2-0, 3.00) is slated to make the start for the Giants in Friday’s series opener against the Blaze

Giants Continue Homestand Against Bakersfield
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze at Municipal Stadium. Pat Young (2-0, 3.00) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Young, a 13th round draft pick in 2013, will be making his third consecutive start versus the Blaze.

Last Series
San Jose lost three out of four games to the visiting Visalia Rawhide in a series that concluded last night. Visalia won the first three games of the series earning victories of 5-4 in 13 innings on Monday, 4-2 on Tuesday and 12-4 on Wednesday. The Giants avoided the sweep with a 10-9 win over the Rawhide last night. In yesterday’s finale, San Jose jumped out to a 10-1 lead after three innings and then held off Visalia late to secure the victory. The Giants’ 10 runs were a season-high.

Streaks Of Four
The Giants (9-12) snapped a season-high tying four-game losing streak with last night’s victory over Visalia. Prior to the losing skid, San Jose won a season-high four straight games from April 15-18 after also losing four in a row from April 11-14.

Galindo’s Power Surge
Center fielder Jesus Galindo has homered in back-to-back games for the Giants – his first two home runs of the season. The switch-hitter clubbed a homer batting right-handed on Wednesday before going deep as a left-handed batter last night. Prior to the game two nights ago, Galindo had hit just three career home runs in 1,226 at-bats over 5+ professional seasons. During his current five-game hitting streak, Galindo is 12-for-24 (.500) with three doubles, two home runs and three RBI’s. His .361 batting average this season leads the team and is fourth in the California League.

Familiar Opponent
San Jose and Bakersfield will play each other 10 times over an 18-day period from April 10-27. The Blaze won three out of four games at Municipal Stadium from April 10-13 before the Giants took two out of three at Sam Lynn Ballpark from April 17-19. San Jose enters tonight’s contest with a 3-4 record against Bakersfield this season. After the current series, the two clubs won’t meet again until July 8-10 at Municipal Stadium.

Williamson Matches Team Record
DH Mac Williamson tied a San Jose Giants single-game record with five hits last night. Williamson finished the contest 5-for-5 with three singles, two doubles and two RBI’s. He became the 31st player in the 27-year history of the club to record five hits in a game. Since beginning the season 1-for-19, Williamson has hit at a .397 clip (23-for-58) with seven doubles, three home runs and nine RBI’s over 15 games. Last year in 136 games with San Jose, Williamson hit .292 with 25 home runs and 89 RBI’s.

Starting Pitching Struggles
Through the first four games of the current homestand, Giants starting pitchers have allowed 19 earned runs in 18 1/3 innings (9.33 ERA).

Score First
The Giants are 8-3 this season when scoring the games first run, but just 1-9 when their opponent scores first.

Miller Extends Hit Streak To Six Games
Shortstop Blake Miller brings a six-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During the streak, Miller is batting .400 (10-for-25) with two doubles, two triples, one home run and two RBI’s. He’s raised his season batting average from .138 to .259 over the last six games.

Top Prospects

Seven players on San Jose’s roster are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America, including four out of the six pitchers in the Giants starting rotation. San Jose players among the top 30 prospects include: pitcher Chris Stratton (#3), outfielder Mac Williamson (#5), pitcher Kendry Flores (#14), pitcher Joan Gregorio (#17), pitcher Martin Agosta (#21), pitcher Steven Okert (#24) and pitcher Stephen Johnson (#28).

Okert Slams The Door
Left-hander Steven Okert has picked-up the save in four out of San Jose’s last five wins. In 10 relief appearances this year, Okert owns a 1.74 ERA with four saves and 18 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. The former fourth round pick had a total of just two saves in two career seasons entering 2014.

Opponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze

The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, are tied for first in the North Division with a 15-6 record. The Blaze won three out of four games from the host Modesto Nuts in their most recent series. Bakersfield currently ranks first in the California League in batting average (.288), first in runs scored (6.6 per game) and third in ERA (3.65). The Blaze are 8-3 on the road this year.

1 Comment

Our relief pitching seems brutal. I know the starters have been ineffective of late but when we get into late innings with any kind of a lead we cannot rely on the relievers to consistently keep the Giants on the winning side of the final score. This is a development league so the issue is not the wins but the why behind their failures. What is going on here? Is it a lack of talent at that position or is it the relievers are trying to learn their job?

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